Mental Illness

Essays found in this category pertain to addictions, insanity, mental illness, spirituality, recovery, human growth and development, facing reality, our addictions, faith and fears, problem solving and risk taking.

An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee…

September 11, 2016 An open letter to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame committee… A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all. – Clive James (1939-) An Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist In 2013, I had the audacity, some might say, to nominate myself to the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School’s Hall of Fame.  It’s one of two halls of fame that I have an interest in being nominated into.  The other being where I graduated from college, Auburn University.  Rather than sit around and wait for someone to recognize my many achievements and nominate me, I took the initiative to do it myself.  To my surprise, the application asked questions that I thought were...

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Video: The Story of Ted Burnett and Mental Illness — May 12, 2016

Video: The Story of Ted Burnett and Mental Illness — May 12, 2016

I gave a 30-minute speech to a local NAMI group about my story on mental illness, the impact of denial by the patient, the stigma by society and whether one should work before taking questions from the group. My website: www.tedburnett.com. I’m available for public speaking, traveling from Daphne, Alabama, out of PNS or MOB. I charge a modest speaking fee for my travel time. Sound quality maybe so so. Running time: 48:32 Contact information: Ted Burnett 500 Lincoln Street Suite B-105 Daphne, Alabama 36526 USA C: 251-709-0280 E: ted@tedburnett.com W:...

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A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

Introduction: Some of you might have been wondering why you haven’t received an essay from me, lately. Well, I spent last December and the first four months of 2015 writing on local politics with a focus on increasing brand awareness (tedburnett.com) among area residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Over the holidays, I saw an opportunity to push a cause that’s been of interest to me when President Obama announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. For many Americans, this action seems long-overdue when we already trade with communist China, Vietnam, as well as, Russia. By lifting the embargo, these two neighboring countries and our industries can legally trade with each another. Some travel restrictions will also be lifted for Americans. Currently,...

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Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Note: Dr. David G. Bronner is the CEO of the Alabama Retirement System, which manages pensions for, both, state employees and public school teachers. The system’s assets include buildings in New York (Manhattan), Mobile, AL and Montgomery, AL, golf courses and resorts, newspapers, a cable-TV network and stocks. The fund is currently valued at $28 billion.  Minor edits have been made. April 4, 2015 Up in lights — for mental health awareness month? By Ted Burnett Dr. Bronner, May is national mental health awareness month. In the spirit of the colorful artist Vincent Van Gogh and so many others who suffered from bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia (and continue to suffer), could we light up the RSA’s properties, in downtown Mobile,...

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From The White House

From The White House

The White House Washington October 8, 2014 Dear Ted: Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans whose lives have been affected by mental health issues, and I appreciate your perspective. The needs of people with mental illnesses have gone unaddressed for far too long. Since the first White House Conference on Mental Health over a decade ago, doctors and researchers have made extraordinary progress in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, and promoting mental health. Yet, many families still lack access to the treatments and community resources needed to help their loved ones recover. As a longtime supporter of mental health parity, I recognize we must do more to improve services for individuals and families. My Administration has coordinated...

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My appearance on Chuck Morse Speaks: Mental Illness and Stigma

My appearance on Chuck Morse Speaks: Mental Illness and Stigma

September 15, 2014 If you missed the live broadcast of my radio interview, here’s your chance to listen to the podcast. The interview starts at the beginning of the show and it’s about 50 minutes long.

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In the company of geniuses

In the company of geniuses

The following short film (18 minutes +/-) is about famous people with a mental illness and how our schools, our teachers, our textbooks failed to mention the connection between their illness of bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia… and their groundbreaking achievements and breakthroughs to generations of American children that later created a false impression and a stigma for those diagnosed with a mental illness. Rather than appreciate the mentally ill or have empathy for them, to often there’s fear and hate for this misunderstood group. Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “In the company of geniuses” by Ted Burnett All my videos and essays can be viewed on my websites – www.tedburnett.com and www.thesageofmobile.com. I can be...

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Talk #5: Getting Honest (Part 1)

Talk #5: Getting Honest (Part 1)

    Description: Getting honest, spirituality, truth, searching for the truth, drinking problem, learning disability, benefits and liabilities, unexpected relief, personal truths, source of pain, self-esteem, self-worth, self-hate, telling lies, getting caught, life experience, master and student, facing reality, stop running and start facing our problems, new problems, consciousness, denial, procrastination, emotional and spiritual development, building character, changing man, an evolving person, Madison Avenue, twenty-something, new and positive experiences, fighting reality, dropping the life’s script for reality, freedom over slavery, pursuing our dreams. This fifth video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay and the Fairhope Municipal Pier, on...

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Talk #4: more on Spirituality (Part 2)

Talk #4: more on Spirituality (Part 2)

Subject matter: Spirituality, Living in reality, letting go of the past, projecting the future, Now, Getting honest, a logical vs. illogical life, pursuing what you want, taking risks, solving problems, happiness, peace of mind.   This fourth video was shot overlooking Mobile Bay on June 19, 2014.   www.tedburnett.com and www.thesageofmobile.com   Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “Talk #4: More on Spirituality (Part 2)” by Ted Burnett My other essays can be viewed at my blog – http://wwwtedburnett.com. I can be contacted via email at –...

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Talk #3: Spirituality

Talk #3: Spirituality

  Description: Spirituality, Living in reality, Facing past and current problems and learning to solve large and small ones.  Conquering our fears with faith in God, courage and strength.  Growing up.  Being a survivor. nature vs. artificial. This third video was shot at Bayfront Park in Daphne, AL overlooking Mobile Bay on June 18, 2014. Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved. “Talk #3: Spirituality” by Ted Burnett My other essays can be viewed at my blog – http://www.tedburnett.com. I can be contacted via email at – tebjr1@yahoo.com.

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USS Gabrielle Giffords — “the laying of the keel” ceremony (a moral dilemma)

USS Gabrielle Giffords — “the laying of the keel” ceremony (a moral dilemma)

Note: An email to Gabrielle Giffords’ organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions.May 29, 2014  Gabby, I live across the bay from Mobile, Alabama. I caught your recent visit to the port city for “the laying of the keel” ceremony for your new combat ship, on the local news. Given the unique qualifications for naming a Navy ship after a living person, it seems to me that a person who nearly died from an assassination attempt and who lost members of her staff and even constituents from that event might want to pass-on having an American warship named after them. Given the fact the Iraq War was a bogus war started by an American president that led to a lot of innocent Americans and Iraqis getting killed and wounded, isn’t it easy to see...

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The case of Ted Burnett vs. Coursera, Inc. — Dear President Naylor

Introduction In my second year of this writing project (2008), I began to enjoy some success after adding faculty from, both, Harvard College and Yale.  What might have seemed like a man’s final steps in reaching the pinnacle of academia and the high watermark for this endeavor became just another stepping stone that would serve as a launching pad for taking my message across the country and around the world.  With their names in my audience, it gave me instant credibility and critical leverage.  I soon was crossing the Atlantic and knocking on the virtual front door at top universities in the U.K. (Cambridge, Oxford and the London School of Economics) and in Europe.  I felt like my voice was unique in America and I didn’t want to limit myself...

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Out of jail, out of hell. I’ve died and gone to heaven!

Note: The following email and story are true. May 10, 2012 Out of jail, out of hell. I’ve died and gone to heaven! by Ted Burnett Mom, I was released from the Monroe Co. (Georgia) Jail, on Wednesday, following my appearance in Superior Court. I plead “guilty with mental illness” to felony obstruction (whatever that means) instead of the original felony charge of Aggravated Assault Upon a Law Enforcement Officer which carries a 12-18 year prison sentence. No one goes home from court a free man after facing this particular charge against an officer in Georgia, but I did only after the charge got reduced. In order to achieve my goal of freedom and to maintain my way of life as a philosopher and writer, I had to fire two lawyers, both, my uncle (who...

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To: The Bazelon Center’s Exec. Director Robert Bernstein, PhD and its Board of Trustees

Introduction In August, after completing my last email blast of “Dear Senator Nelson (The day our democracy died.), I began adding more faculty due impart to this particular piece. While I didn’t get a lot of feedback from this audience, I did get a few positive comments from friends. More importantly, I really liked this “time-sensitive” essay and I decided to use it along with my other essay, “Corporate consciousness v 2011”, to serve as an introduction to my work. I added faculty teaching at the following top schools – the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the University of Chicago School of Law, Columbia Business School, New York University Stern School of Business, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, the University of...

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Is the whole the sum of its parts? (My reply: “Don’t turn away from mental illness” by James F. Walsh)

Introduction The month of February marks my fourth anniversary as a full-time writer. This “record of accomplishment” may seem unremarkable to most of you unless you shared my dreadful work history where I never stayed with any one employer for more than eighteen months and where I was at my last job (2004) for just nine months before getting fired for the fourth and final time, on seven tries. I’m talking about Fortune 100 corporations down to a four-man insurance agency. None of it worked and for the life of me, I didn’t know why. I felt like a complete failure and I quickly saw my life passing me by. Only after arriving in my late thirties and with several years of writing “under my belt” have I finally come to terms with this “demoralizing” chapter of my...

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